§ Mr. David Watkins
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many redundancies have been notified to his Department for the Consett travel-to-work area in each month since January of the current year.243W
§ Mr. Jim Lester
[pursuant to his reply, 24 June 1980, c. 86]: The number of proposed redundancies notified to my Department under the redundancy handling provisions of the Employment Protection Act 1975 from the Consett travel-to-work area, since January this year, is as follows:
Establishments Employees January 1980 4 130 February 2 228 March 3 150 April 2 131 May 2 112 Total 13 751
During the same period, 277 redundancies at five establishments were formally withdrawn. There is no statutory requirement to notify my Department when proposed redundancies do not take place.
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the number of redundancies notified to it as due to occur in the Consett travel-to-work area since January this year, is as follows:
Employees January 200 February 106 March 162 April 110 These figures are provisional since some notifications are received late. May 117 Total 755
Both Department of Employment and Manpower Services Commission figures are for redundancies involving 10 or more employees.